My retirement from hyperactivity on DesignCrowd.com lasted for about a month now and I almost bypassed my contest win. I was already in autopilot highlighting junkmail and trashing it all. But, this time the email preview on my phone looked a little different. “Design Selected,” “Payment and Files Approved!”, and “New Message” were unusual subjects for my eyes. Wow, was my heart racing. Obviously, I opened the email that said “payment”. LoL. And it was true. My eyes did not deceive me! MY FIRST CONTEST WIN!
If my fiancé were home he’d be the first to know. Instead, I called my mommy. (wink). Both were not aware of my contest submission for The Espresso Masters. Likewise I was unaware of my design being considered. It was a surprise for everyone, even my PayPal account.
My stomach felt light. My chest full of butterflies. I refreshed between email and Design Crowd account for a reality check. It’s real. I ever got a little teary eyed. This win definitely gives me a boost out of my graphic design woes. Knowing myself though I just have to be cool and humble about this win. It’s a small penny for a couple hours of work. My heart will be persistent.
This design helped me find my style and figure out a presentation that. Honestly, it’s thanks to The Espresso Master’s thorough description of what they wanted in a design that helped. I wasn’t initially invited to the contest, so I’m glad I stumbled upon it. And my purchase of the Back to Basics Index book helped me stay focused as well.
Design inspiration can come from anywhere and evolve out of nothing, really. I was doodling my to-be-born-nephew’s name (MICAH!) and it just wasn’t looking baby-worthy. So I decided to incorporate his theme animal (picked by his parents) the elephant. It wasn’t working out to it’s full potential and it just wasn’t floating my boat. So instead, I drew Micah’s very own elephant. I named in Eli the Elephant.
Then, baby products came to mind and I thought Eli the Elephant would work great in a favor label design or even a baby shower invitation. The overall concept of Eli the Elephant led me to infatuation and I went animal basirk! Eli the Elephant wouldn’t get so lonely anymore! I threw in the familiar jungle friends; Levi the Lion, Nana the Monkey, and Gigi the Giraffe.
I actually met Levi the Lion at the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park too. He was a big guy. Very smart too. I couldn’t keep my eyes off his babylike personality.
Anyways, there was a edit and reediting process to this label and invite. I just played with everything. The hardest part were the colors. Finding the right color and the right combination. I did some extra research on these jungle invitations so I’m within trend or fashion. Hopefully I nailed it. And it is now for sale $1.75 each printed invite on zazzle(dot)com. InReachDesigns(click) The more you buy the more you save. If you would like to disgust a custom design with my Cutie Animals please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My elephant sticker design for baby showers, baby announcements baptisms, birthdays, etc. When you follow the link you can choose the text that goes above the Cutie Animal. $5.50 for a sheet of 20 stickers. I get 12% of the cost. It’s a start I guess. We’ll see how it does.
I’ve been contemplating my options for selling my digital designs. I stumbled upon zazzle.com. Here I can upload my designs to be printed on various products FOR FREE. You give the royalty percentage based on how much you think your design is worth. Above is a link to my first sticker design.
I’m really enjoying my new read, Design Basics Index. I’m reflecting on past designs and planning for future designs. It mentions to just pick up the pencil and paper and draw simple shapes in relation to the space given. It got me thinking about my college elements of design class. So, I dug up my sketch book and found this exercise. The assignment I believe was to create a sequence of a shape or shapes moving, merging, or scaling. I remember having fun with this because there was no right or wrong and simple shapes do not intimidate me at all. It’s just innocent FUN! This could definitely help when you’re organizing elements of your design. Observe the negative and positive space when you finish a sequence, reflect how you feel about it, and apply it to your design. My favorite one is on the second page, second row where the star in laying down.
It’s always a good idea to go back to the basics. That’s exactly what I need during my designers block frustrations. I contemplated whether I needed a graphic design book because the Internet has so much information! But, I’m a little over reading on web all day and I wanted to flip pages. I may not be able to zoom into the pictures like I do on the iPad, but the texture and smell of a textbook I kinda miss. =P I also miss the basics of graphic design. So, I browsed through the pages of “Design Basics Index” by Jim Krause at my local Books-A-Million. I actually judged this book from it’s copyright date, 2004, and I wondered if a 2004 graphic design could be outdated by 2013. Another book I looked at that was published in 2010 was very eye catchy and maybe double the size of Design Basics. I guess that’s sort of like judging book by it’s looks, so I really read into these books; a little here and there per section, per chapter, per cover. Design Basics was the perfect fit because is has exercises scattered through the book and it was just the whole package with good and bad examples. It was about making conscious decisions and not just placing that logo in the corner just because it looks good. I needed more reason in my designs because I was kind of designing to things that looked cool. Then, I couldn’t get myself out of that initial design. That means I ran out of ideas. So, the basics will definitely refresh my brain on my community college practice. The university doesn’t let you practice all that much, which I hope changes for the better. I’m looking forward to evolving.
I am deep in my wave inspiration. Submitted three of these logos. The best part is I’m not second guessing them. I love the color, the movement, and the mood of all of them.
What do you think? Winners?